The Bow Tie: How to Tie One On

Posted by Hammerstone's Whiskey Disks, makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

Go Ahead, Tie One On

Bow ties tend to be associated with particular professions, smart professions, such as: architects, attorneys, university professors and teachers. Pediatricians are smart. They wear bow ties because infants can’t grab them the way they’d grab a necktie. Bow ties also don’t get into places where they’d be soiled, like a glass of bourbon. And, a bow tie could save your life. They manage to stay clear of machinery that might accidentally strangle the wearer. Now clowns sometimes wear over-sized bow ties for comedic effect, but we’ll steer clear of that, because there’s nothing funny about a bow tie. They’re serious accouterments for serious gentlemen. For example, classical musicians traditionally perform in bow ties. Bow ties are also associated with weddings, mainly because of their almost universal inclusion in traditional formal attire. So go ahead and dress up a bit. Throw on a bow tie and sport a little swagger. You don’t have to be a doctor or a classical violinist, just a regular gentleman who wants to set himself apart from the crowd.

How To Tie A Bow Tie

1.  Drape the bow tie around your neck, under your collar, and grasp the ends. The end on your right should extend about 1.5 inches lower than the end on your left.

2.  Cross the longer end over the shorter end. You should cross the tie near your neck so that the loop around your neck is just large enough to work with but not loose; you don’t want your bow dangling in front of your chest.

3.  Pass the longer end up through the loop, forming a simple, loose overhand knot. Use this opportunity to tighten the knot if necessary.

4.  Pull the dangling end to the left and then fold it back over itself to the right. Hold this fold, which will be the front loop of the completed tie, between your shirt’s collar points.

5.  Drop the raised end of the tie over the front of the bow.

6.  Grab the left and right sides of the horizontally-folded end and pinch them together in front of the dangling end. The top of the dangling end will now be held between them.

7.  Feed the middle of the dangling end back through the knot you made in Step 3. It will now form the back half of the bow.

8.  Tighten the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously. Pull the front right and back left ends apart to loosen; pull the front left and back right apart to  tighten. Repeat until the bow is the desired shape and tightness.

Now that we’ve explained bow ties and how to tie one on, we’ll share with you our favorite way to tie one on with a fine tipple of bourbon, whiskey or Scotch. We love to use our handcrafted whiskey stones because they chill without diluting. They also add a nice bit of useful ritual, much like the very agreeable and very serviceable bow tie.

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